Network of Experts

In an effort to facilitate open, inclusive, and dynamic discussions, we have endeavored to establish a network of experts, who are actively involved in work concerning children’s rights. We hope that you will feel free to reach-out to the network and will engage in fruitful, substantive discussions.
Jennifer Allsopp
Department of Social Policy and Intervention/ Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford |
Jennifer Allsopp is an ESRC funded DPhil Candidate. Her research explores the experiences of young migrants and refugees subject to immigration control in Europe, specifically, how social networks shape their decision making and mobility biographies. She has previously worked with refugee and migrant organisations and on research on asylum, poverty and youth at the universities of Exeter, Birmingham and Oxford. She is a commissioning editor at openDemocracy 50.50.
Lena Bahou
University of Edinburgh |
Lena Bahou is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Inclusive Pedagogy at the University of Edinburgh. Teaching in a postwar conflict-affected society like Lebanon motivated my interest in exploring how pedagogical practices can foster or hinder the learning and agency of all young people, and prepare them for a life of active engagement in a democratic, just and inclusive society. My doctoral research examined how student (dis)engagement with learning was construed and enacted by teachers and students in Lebanese public schools. Using Nancy Fraser’s social justice lens, I explored the interplay of factors within schooling processes, the educational system and the broader context of Lebanon’s history, diversity and conflict that were shaping such constructions and enactments of engagement.
Carrie van der Kroon
Carrie van der Kroon specialized in international children’s rights and legal anthropology. She obtained her Masters in Legal Research (cum laude) at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her thesis on indigenous children who migrate from Panama to Costa Rica to harvest coffee was awarded with the Dutch-Flemish VSR thesis prize (2015) and a book is to be published shortly.
Carrie works as a project coordinator, researcher, trainer & facilitator. She has experience with a wide variety of NGO’s and (international) organizations including in Latin America, Africa, the Balkans, Oceania and the Netherlands. Carrie previously worked with UNICEF in Skopje and the Netherlands, Defence for Children International and the Dutch National Youth Council. For the United World Colleges, Carrie trains youngsters in vocational training on personal development. She also volunteered as a trainer on skills for meaningful youth participation in Dutch juvenile justice institutions. Carrie enjoys having grown up conversations with children about their lives, experiences and thoughts on their rights.
Maria de Jong-de Kruijf
Lecturer and PhD-candidate (finalizing in April 2016) |
Maria de Jong – de Kruijf (1985) is a lecturer and a PhD candidate at the Child Law department of the Leiden University Law school. Her research focuses on the justification of placement of children in secure residential care in the Netherland in light of international human right and children’s rights. She also published on a wide variety of themes in the children’s rights field.
Iman Moustafa
Freie Universität Berlin |
Iman holds MA degree in Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights. She is a researcher and a child’s rights advocate with eight years experience in the nonprofit sector. Iman is passionate about community development and is devoted to improving the livelihood of vulnerable children including working children, gifted children living in unprivileged areas, and street children. Over the past eight years, Iman worked on issues ranging from children’s participation, volunteering, projects management, fundraising, capacity building, proposal and reports writing, designing and implementing advocacy campaigns, quality childcare standards in residential institutions, and child protection case management system.
Ellen Nissen
Radbound University Nijmegen |
Ellen Nissen is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Migration Law and the Institute for Sociology of law of the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Her research focuses on the way in which national judges take the rights and interests of children into account in immigration cases. She studied International & European law at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During her studies she interned at the immigration department of the Netherlands section of Defence for Children International and at the Dutch Embassy in Ireland. Before embarking on a PhD she worked on family reunification projects at the Centre for Migration Law and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights.
Leila Younes  
MACR – Masters of Arts in Chilhood Studies and Children Rights |
Leila Younes is a graduate of the master’s program ‘Childhood Studies and Children Rights’ at the Free University in Berlin. Her research focusses on the rights of refugee and stateless children in Lebanon. She is particularly interested in how children perceive themselves and perceive other groups in a political and social context. In her previous projects, she has researched the perceptions and representation between Lebanese and Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, the perspectives and needs of the stateless Bedouin children in Lebanon, and the views of working-children on the policies around child work abolition.

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